February 2015

1 Feb 2015
Vol. 8, no. 2

Internship Opportunity for RQR Trainees at EMD Serono

EMD Serono would like to fill a Fertility Internship position in their Medical Department with an RQR trainee. The responsibilities of the 1 year renewable position would be to work with EMD’s internal Medical Affairs team to provide medical and scientific support to their fertility clinic customers across Canada. This provides a unique opportunity to a RQR trainee to pursue experience in the commercial, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector in Canada.

For the full description of the position, click here,

Application deadline: March 4th 2015.

Educational Seminar: Advances in Gene Expression

The RQR and D-Mark Biosciences are please to present the educational seminar Advances in Gene Expression: Comparing RNA-Seq, Digital PCR, and direct mRNA molecular indexing’.

Learn about the top three pitfalls to avoid in your gene expression experiments!

This overview presentation is suitable for researchers and trainees who have a basic knowledge of qPCR, and have performed or will be performing gene expression studies for their research.


  • Challenges of gene expression experiments, Bruce D. Murphy, Université de Montréal
  • Pros and cons of digital PCR and RNA-Seq, Greg Dijkman, D-Mark Biosciences
  • Workflow improvements and Molecular indexing, Stephen Rogers, D-Mark Biosciences

When: Tuesday March 3rd from 10h to 12h.

Where: Room 2108 of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Saint-Hyacinthe (3200 Sicotte Street).

NOTE: The same seminar will be offered at Laval University and in Montreal in upcoming weeks. More details to come!

Registration: Please register by February 27th by contacting Eliane Auger at eliane.auger@umontreal.ca

For the invite, click here.

2015 CRBR Research Day

You are invited to the Research day of the Centre de recherche en biologie de la reproduction (CRBR) of  the
Université Laval.

When: March 20th

Where: Amphithéâtre Fisher, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec—CHUL, 2705, boul. Laurier, Québec.

Registration deadline: ASAP

Registration form

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Mark Baker, The University of NewCastle, Australia
  • Dre. Andrea Jurisicova, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Dr. Jens Vanselow, Institute for Reproductive Biology, Dummerstorf, Allemagne

For the complete program, click here.

For more details contact Daniel Proulx at Daniel.Proulx@fsaa.ulaval.ca

FRQNT Professors out of Quebec Exchange program

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Sullivan who was awarded a 12 500$ grant from the FRQNT through the RQR for a five month exchange at the CHU de Toulouse in France. During his stay, Dr. Sullivan will study the physiology and the pathology of male infertility along side Dr. Roger Mieusset. Their research is expected to have a significant impact on reproductive technology in agronomy and in human and veterinary medicine.

Congratulations Dr. Sullivan!